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If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.

R. Buckminster Fuller

(July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983)

 

There is a revolution coming. It will not be like revolutions of the past. It will originate with the individual and with culture, and it will change the political structure only as its final act. It will not require violence to succeed, and it cannot be successfully resisted by violence.

 Charles A. Reich - The Greening of America (1970)

 

Information flow is what the Internet is about. Information sharing is power. If you don't share your ideas, smart people can't do anything about them, and you'll remain anonymous and powerless.

Vinton Cerf

(June 23, 1943 - Present)

 

 

 Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no-one can imagine.

Alan Turing

(June 23, 1912 –  June 7, 1954)

 The most damaging phrase in the language is:

'It's always been done that way.'

Grace Hopper

(December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992)

The web is more a social creation than a technical one. I designed it for a social effect — to help people work together — and not as a technical toy.

Tim Berners-Lee

 (June 8, 1955 - Present)

Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we're not alone.

Alan Watts 

(January 6, 1915 – November 16, 1973

 

Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed.

Terence McKenna

(November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000)

 

 The key thing about all the world's big problems is that they have to be dealt with collectively. If we don't get collectively smarter, we're doomed.

Douglas Engelbart

(January 30, 1925 – July 2, 2013)

 

 New capabilities emerge just by virtue of having smart people with access to state-of-the-art technology.

Robert E. Kahn

(December 23, 1938 - Present)

Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren't any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn't be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life's challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.

R. Buckminster Fuller

(July 12, 1895 – July 1, 198)

 

 The Internet works because a lot of people cooperate to do things together.

Jon Postel

(August 6, 1943 – October 16, 1998)

 

Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others.

Timothy Leary

(October 22, 1920 – May 31, 1996)

By replacing fear of the unknown with curiosity we open ourselves up to an infinite stream of possibility. We can let fear rule our lives or we can become childlike with curiosity, pushing our boundaries, leaping out of our comfort zones, and accepting what life puts before us.

Alan Watts 

(January 6, 1915 – November 16, 1973)

 

What is needed is a spirit of boundary dissolution, between individuals, between classes, sexual orientations, rich and poor, man and woman, intellectual and feeling toned types. If this can happen, then we will make a new world. And if this doesn't happen, nature is fairly pitiless and has a place for us in the shale of this planet, where so many have preceded us.

Terence McKenna

(November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000)

 

Think of it. We are blessed with technology that would be indescribable to our forefathers. We have the wherewithal, the know-it-all to feed everybody, clothe everybody, and give every human on Earth a chance. We know now what we could never have known before - that we now have the option for all humanity to make it successfully on this planet in this lifetime. Whether it is to be Utopia or Oblivion will be a touch-and-go relay race right up to the final moment.

R. Buckminster Fuller

(July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983)

 

Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities, the political, the religious, the educational authorities who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, informing, forming in our minds their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable, open-mindedness; chaotic, confused, vulnerability to inform yourself.

Timothy Leary

(October 22, 1920 – May 31, 1996)

 

If you've got love in your heart, whatever you do from that moment out is likely to be right. If you've got that one true note ringing inside you, then whatever you do is going to be OK.

Ken Kesey

(September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001)

 

The world has arrived at an age of cheap complex devices of great reliability, and something is bound to come of it.

Vannevar Bush

(March 11, 1890 – June 28, 1974)

 

The Web does not just connect machines, it connects people.

Tim Berners-Lee

(June 8, 1955 - Present)

 

It is now spreading with amazing rapidity, and already our laws, institutions and social structure are changing in consequence. It promises a higher reason, a more human community, and a new and liberated individual. Its ultimate creation will be a new and enduring wholeness and beauty — a renewed relationship of man to himself, to other men, to society, to nature, and to the land.

 Charles A. Reich - The Greening of America (1970)